Nick Kyrgios ‘devastated’ after quarterfinal defeat to Karen Khachanov as he destroys two rackets on court
Speaking to NBCSports.com, the six-time grand slam winner said it was “devastating” not to get to the final of a tournament he has been involved in for a number of years and feels like “one of the main reasons I have continued this level of tennis.”
“Now my path, that I have gone down, it’s different,” Kyrgios said. “It’s different being at the top. You know, I know the journey has to be over, I’ve given everything to this game. I’m so proud of the guys. They’re professionals and if they’re in the final, then everything is fine. But to be there on the last day, it’s a little bit heartbreaking.
“It’s a big decision. I’ve been in the final four times. This is a great tournament, the way it is now it’s just sad to be at the end.”
Kyrgios, who had been up against the top-ranked Novak Djokovic and the Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka in the last four, had said he would do the same thing he has done throughout his career if he got through to the final.
“I’ve done it the way I have throughout my career. I just think it’d be great to do that on my last tournament. I’m not going to change what I’ve done throughout my career, it’s just going to be different for me on my last tournament. So yeah, it’d be great to do what I’ve done throughout my career,” he said.
Kyrgios was also asked if he had any advice for any Australian fans who might want to support his country this week.
“I really love Australia,” he said, “but I can’t really give advice to them. I think they’ll have to listen